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The Speed of Rainbow by Whatsapokemon The Speed of Rainbow by Whatsapokemon
Oooh, style refinement.

My thoughts on Rainbow Dash:
She's a little brash and impulsive. I have nothing against the girl, she really is sweet and loyal, even though she keeps up an air of distance. Certainly I am fond of her, maybe not as much as some of the other mane six, but she's proved to be an asset to the team and to her friends despite her shallowness (and indeed anti-intellectualism) . I don't know why she's so popular, she really does seem to be the "figurehead" for bronies, and I'm thinking it's probably because of the blue colouring, and 'awesome' lightning bolt cutie mark. Despite not being my favourite she certainly is okay in my books.

Edit: changed it to purple, woo.
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This is great.

It's a departure from the other stuff you've done, and I really like it. It's got a cool new style, the lighting is great and the motion really feels... fast.

The angular shapes of the limbs and hooves are fantastic, but I feel like they're a little inconsistent throughout. The wings are completely rounded while the edges of the hooves—particularly on that back leg—are sharp and cornered; I'd like to have seen a similar effect on the feathers.

Speaking of the feathers, I really like the way you did them that's similar to the show style but also fitting to the sleeker look you have here. The number of inner feathers, though, I feel could be toned down; as it is it's a little busy and distracting from the rest of the picture.

The top segment of the nearest front leg is weirdly thick, I'd recommend making it skinnier.

The head is fantastic. It looks sleek, aerodynamic and determined. The muzzle looks wonderful, despite looking nothing like the ones you usually do. The eye looks sort of triangular and Pokémon-ey, something I'm a little mixed about but ultimately falls more to you.

Her mane on her head should be swept back more, since right now it looks kind of like a beret. If not swept back, have it poof farther upwards. You've also got a lot of spikes on the bottom portion of the neck-mane which also look rather busy.

The tail looks all right, but the base should be thinner.

The front edge of her vapor cone is uncomfortably close to the left edge of the picture. Actually, the whole thing is a little far to the left. I like the speed effect it gives it, but it also makes it feel cramped on that side.

The shading is excellent. I've got nothing to criticize here.

Great job, Whatsa! This is a seriously great looking piece, and I hope I see more of this from you.
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Okay, first lengthy critique I've done for this site.

First and foremost, I'll explain the rather low originality score. It has nothing to do with this being fan art, otherwise I'm handicapping the site rating system from this critique's outset. It is merely the standard nature of the scenario this piece presents, namely Dash going fast. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad scenario, and it is a defining part of Dash's character, one that has been presented in countless other pieces. But that's just it: it's been presented in countless other pieces. My final point of that long ramble is that the action of this piece is rather standard, and therefore my originality score has to be rather average.

Now I can get to what really makes this piece as strong as it is. The description itself states this as a style refinement, and I buy that sentiment. Looking back on some of your previous works and contrasting it to this one, I can see the improvement that's been made, particularly contrast with colour hues. I especially enjoy the lighter blue Dash's coat has been made to the norm. It's not white in colour, but it is noticeably milder, and this makes the vibrancy of the rainbow of her mane and tail stand out more. I should also mention that I think your facial expressions have improved, as the emotion in this picture is quite subtle. Dash appears to be in sort of a general haze of pride as opposed to feeling directly smug about something in particular.

In terms of your technique, I can see both the improvement that's been made, and the room where it could be made still. Dash herself is rather well defined in the picture, and your outline of her isn't overly bold either. The shading that I've been seeing you experiment with in other pieces also pays off here, giving it some needed depth. Where I see room for improvement though, is the wind outlines. They seem too sketchy in comparison to the rest of the picture's elements. I understand that something like wind, which doesn't have nearly as defined a shape as a living being, would be difficult to draw definitively but, along with your backgrounds, I still can't help but think it could be improved.

Overall, I think you did a great job. Yes, my gripes about originality still stand, but those things are by no means my only determining factors for my enjoyment of art, and in the end originality wasn't the point of this piece. The final point of this work was to refine your style, and I think you did that here.
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Hayabusaoffaith Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Everything is so amazing.
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Explonova Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Very nice indeed.

Nice soft colouring technique. Nice form particularly with her head
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:iconwhatsapokemon:
Whatsapokemon Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, it's the result of so much experimenting.
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Joakaha Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool! ^^
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:iconwhatsapokemon:
Whatsapokemon Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's what Miss Dash is all about!
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cherryjjv Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
because we all love purple <3

It's a beautiful drawing, of course. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna go watch you.
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Whatsapokemon Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, you are excused :3
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cherryjjv Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
w
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DranKito Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
I don't think she's an anti-intellectual so much as she doesn't like waiting/plotting/activities that aren't physically active (aside from napping). She certainly values and listens to Twilight at the very least, but definitely is more of a, "Nike, just do it" type of pony.
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Whatsapokemon Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Like the sort of person who'd use a computer or microwave without ever thinking of how it works perhaps?
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DranKito Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Yeah, most likely, unless she's given a reason to do so. Rainbow would be the kind of pony to use a microwave and try and do as many things as possible before the timer ran out. You know... it's somewhat odd because I own a physics degree, but she's still my favorite, lol. Oh, and great artwork, btw, I should point out I liked the piece. XD
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Whatsapokemon Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww, thanks.
Also: Yeah, science degrees for life! Mine's in the equally nerdy Computer Science, and Pinkie Pie (the least logical pony ever) is my favourite. Go figure.
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Kitsuneunrefracted Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Often the most flawed characters tend out to be the most popular, because there are more flaws in them that people can see in themselves, and connect with.

She's also just plain awesome, like this picture!
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Whatsapokemon Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I guess you're right, mistakes can be related to.

Thankd :)
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jakamakataka Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Whoever has a friend like RD knows that there's way more to these kind of people. Frankly we don't know a whole lot about her because she often hides her feelings but I guess she's softie at heart. Nothing really shallow about her (or any of them) just immaturity (last episode proves that she's their "freak on a leash"). She's so popular coz I don't know, maybe because she's charismatic or I don't know. Deffinately it's not so easy to accept her whole with all the virtues and flaws than others so I appreciate that too in her characterization.

The picture itself just proves that. In the end there is no point in making like a list of all the good and bad things about your friend and then making some sort of equation so we can tell who's the best. In this picture we have her most well-known pose which symbolizes that in the end it doesn't matter. That's how I see it.
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Whatsapokemon Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, qualities like this can't be quantified. It's more of a value judgement.
I guess I just happen to judge harshly for some of those things, maybe I shouldn't.
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jakamakataka Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Nah I understand.
You see my favorite character happens to be her. But that could be anyone really. You shouldn't be sorry for your choice, especially since you said you have nothing against the girl.
You should see how other fans talk trash about her ;) I assume that every pony of the mane 6 have her haters but RD's are the rudest, the exact adjective they're calling her (Houlier than thou?).
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Lightning-flame Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is a BEAUTIFUL picture! I disagree with you on your input on RD cuz she's my favorite :P, but i appreciate you not being one of those people that don't say anything good about her and just hate on her. So, ya thanks for not being one of those major haters and i love the pic!
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Whatsapokemon Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :D
I can't hate any of the ponies really. Blueblood comes close, but even his sort of behaviour is probably a result of his upbringing and the Canterlot elite. Rainbow Dash is definitely a heck of a lot better than Blueblood, and I think even better than Fluttershy.
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Lightning-flame Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
agreed! and your welcome :D
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Scarlet-Myst Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow this is great! I like her mane. (':
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:iconwhatsapokemon:
Whatsapokemon Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconsweetiebelleplz: I really like her mane!

<3
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Scarlet-Myst Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
same :'3<3
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